Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is threatening to pull the plug on a contract for up to 60 Boeing 787s due to what appear to be serious objections to the way the long-delayed program is being handled.
Organizers of next year’s Singapore Airshow are here in Paris (Chalet D226) pressing for a sell out for the Feb. 2-7, 2010 event. So far, 90 percent of its exhibit space has been sold. They anticipate more than 700 exhibitors will attend, including 60 of the world’s top 100 aerospace firms.
Russia’s defense industry is looking both to compete and cooperate with its western European counterparts as it bids to expand its international customer base.
ahrain-based charter operator Bexair has been granted an aircraft operator’s certificate in Saudi Arabia. The company established a subsidiary in Riyadh last year and it is now aiming to secure long-term charter contracts from Saudi customers.
Abu Dhabi-based executive charter operator Prestige Jet this week became the latest business aviation company to sign up as an exhibitor at the new Bahrain International Air Show to be held in the Arabian Gulf state next year (January 21-23).
Arab Wings has stepped up its expansion plans by taking delivery of a new Bombardier Challenger 605 just before the EBACE show opened. The Jordanian charter operator is also applying for an aircraft operator’s certificate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where it is about to launch a sister company called Gulf Wings from a base in Sharjah.
RayaJet and Ayla Aviation Academy advanced their plan to form a new business aviation service group in Jordan and other parts of the Middle East by signing a memorandum of understanding here at the EBACE show yesterday. By the end of this year, the two companies intend to restructure under a single name.
Palm Aviation, the Dubai-based flight support provider, has announced the opening of an office in Uzbekistan in the Commonwealth of Independent States. This follows the opening of an office in Miami, Florida, in January 2009. It plans to set up additional offices in Africa and the Middle East before year end.
RayaJet chairman Nader Dajani today explained the thinking behind the Jordanian charter operator’s purchase yesterday at EBACE of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier II light jet. “The Middle East has always been focused on luxury,” Dajani said. “The bigger and fancier, the better. In the U.S., business people work out their cost per hour and decide how they can save money. They are astute. They count dollars before cents.
Organizers of the new Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS) are here at EBACE (Booth No. 481) to convince business aviation companies that the Jan. 21-23, 2010 event could be a strong launch pad for expanding sales in the Middle East. The show is being planned on a limited scale to allow a maximum of 40 participating companies to have exclusive access to high-level buyers and prospective partners in the region.